PotterCast 203: Potter Got Smarter


Sep 02, 2009

Posted by EdwardTLC

The 203rd episode of PotterCast, our Harry Potter podcast,
now online for this week with the debut of Potter Pundits, a new segment featuring a scholarly, yet entertaining, look at themes and symbolism in the Harry Potter novels. Sue’s News kicks off this episode with the rundown on the latest in Potter news, including Dan Radcliffe’s Hobbit ambitions… or lack thereof, Harry Potter film set DVDs, Deathly Hallows filming, updates on JKRowling.com, and lots more. The second part of episode five of the Acting Troupe follows the news,
with the continuing story of Albus Severus during his time at Hogwarts. Princely Pieces returns with more on Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince film. The PotterCasters go through the first moments of the film, starting from the first shot of Dumbledore through Harry’s cafe experience. Next, we have for you the first discussion with our Potter Pundits: Travis Prinzi, James W. Thomas, and John Granger. In this new segment, we get to meet our Pundits and reveal the kind of discussions this segment will feature in future episodes. Finally, the show wraps up with a totally awesome surprise, some Harry Potter conference news, LeakyCon 2011 updates, LeakyCon Live Album release details, and much more!

A big thank you goes out to Jason Munday from the Ministry of Magic for creating our new intro music!

As a reminder, the LeakyCon DVD, which will be available to pre-order soon, will
also include all wizard rock performances from our conference. If you
like live wizard rock, be sure to reserve your copy of
the upcoming LeakyCon Live Album of the wizard rock live shows at our LeakyCon 2009 conference. To listen, just hit the
“Play” button on the right side of the page (->), or use iTunes, or direct download.

“Potter Got Smarter

  • It’s year five!
  • The meaning of changes to JKRowling.com.
  • Half-Blood Bits… or Princely Pieces!
  • Acting Troupe Episode Five, Part Two!
  • Premiere of Potter Pundits!
  • A Totally Awesome Wrap Up!
  • LeakyCon 2011 news and updates.
  • LeakyCon 2009 Live Album updates!
  • Follow our LeakyCon 2011 Twitter and become a fan on Facebook!
  • Reserve your copy of the LeakyCon Live Album now!

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Also, special thanks to our ever-vigilant UStream Mods for monitoring the live PotterCast recordings.

LeakyCon 2011: A Harry Potter Conference in Orlando!
“Harry, A History” Website
Jingle Spells 2
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Remember you don’t need an iPod to listen. Listen easily on iTunes, which you can download and install here, by clicking here to listen, or you can just use the streaming Flash player at PotterCast.com or just on the right side of this page. Discussion of the PotterCast is right here. Enjoy!

60 Responses to PotterCast 203: Potter Got Smarter

Avatar Imagebiggestharrypotterfan says: yay! first comment. can't wait, it sounds ahmazing.Avatar Imagesunlitdays says: yaya another pottercast! omg i love you guysAvatar ImageDiamondWings says: Oki Doki!!!Avatar ImageBlatcher914 says: I love love love all the new everythings!!! Especially the intro yay!Avatar Imageascendancy33 says: Awesome!!! I was ecstatic when I got an alert saying a new PotterCast was up! Your guys ROCK!!! AND I LOVE THE NEW INTRO!!!!Avatar Imagecheeserpleaser says: I will download it on iTunes as soon as possible and hope that it will be a wonderful supplement to a wonderful Labor Day weekend.Avatar ImageHBPFan says: Sounds good, will listen to that.Avatar ImageX-Lillie-Lovegood-X says: Listened on Ustream AMAZING show But will year five be all angsty and shoutiful?? xxxxxxxx lolAvatar Imagenddulac says: I too find college professors intimidating.Avatar ImageHeartbreakDX says: Awesome.Avatar Imageaxlgirl says: Hooray! Something to listen to during night shift at work tonight =DAvatar ImageGranger10 says: very cool!!!!!!!!!!! that is amazing!Avatar ImageFirelightfawkes says: Here's to five MORE years!!! I LOVE the new intro!Avatar ImageAsta says: Awesome!!!!!Avatar ImageAsta says: Awesome!!!!!Avatar ImageDanielaNC says: Cool, I gotta travel today so I'll use that time to listen to PotterCast. Avatar ImagePompleMoose says: Whoaaaa, new intro!Avatar Imagex_Potter_Lover_Forever_x says: Yes, I love you guys!! I am offically hooked on PotterCasts' and this one sounds awesome. Will download soon!! *SQUEEEEE!!* ;D ;DAvatar ImagePompleMoose says: Whoaaaa, new intro!Avatar Imagewandmastercalum says: I'll try to watch it soon.Avatar ImageFifi says: Cool! That's fantastic!Avatar ImageLexitheAuror says: Awesome! Loved the Potter Pundits and the new Acting Troupe episode! Looking forward to more! A few days ago I was wondering about the Live Wrock CD. Nice to hear that mine didn't get lost in the mail. It would be cool to get a discount on the next Jingle Spells and some more MyLeaky points! Avatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! awesum =D !!!!Avatar ImageWON_TWO says: Excellent show...Avatar Imagesilvia_storti says: -will be listening to it tonight- Can't wait!!!Avatar ImageeiVega says: Yay! I am SO EXCITED to hear John Granger and Travis talk again! I loved them at the convention. They make my brain tingle! hehe :DAvatar Imagegryffindor1991 says: cool. i guess ill have to wait until tomorrow night to listen though.Avatar Imagevespasian68967 says: Congratulations on four years!! Good luck on the future. Loved the Potter Pundits segment. Really, really excellent & stimulating while yet being humorous. Looking forward to more. Also liked the new intro music. Avatar ImageAubNoelle says: YEAR FIVE! ALL CAPS POTTERCAST!!!Avatar ImageDartFrog says: Whoa-ho, let''s listen to that again....!Avatar ImageDemarest says: Omg, I am so excited for John Granger, Travis Prinzi and James W. Thomas. I have all of their books, and they're so well done. Anybody who hasn't listened to their podcasts (Travis has a podcats at hogshead.org, some which include interviews with Granger and Thomas) or read their books are in for a real treat. And much more reading. Because really, that's at the heart of this fandom. Love of books. :)Avatar Imagehp29 says: Just started listening! The new intro in SO awesome! :) Avatar Imagebookgirl3000 says: Go potter cast!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love ya!Avatar ImageRowling Stones says: i love pottercast!!!!!!!!!!!Avatar ImageArithmancer says: I love the new segment. These books really do offer up so much food for careful, thoughtful, academic discussion, and they really do get to be MORE fun (not less) in the course of those discussions. The pundits' off-the-cuff list of future discussion topics had me drooling. (I hope all three of them -- or at least the two who are less familiar with whatever topic they choose -- will have time to do at least a little bit (30 minutes?) of preparation before the next installment. In-depth discussions always benefit from careful and directed attention to the text!) Anyway, I can't wait for the next one. And a big thank-you, Pottercast, for doing this! P.S. I love how the one guy says something like "We want to get into a discussion at a deeper level than, um -- 'Do you like Michael Gambon's portrayal of Albus Dumbledore?'" And the other two guys are like "No." :p P.P.S. I do realize that wonderful academic discussions of HP go on in the Leaky Lounge. I love the Leaky Lounge -- too much! (Addictive behavior, anyone?) Ever since I weaned myself off of using it obsessively, I've been afraid to go back. I'm hoping that these controlled, weekly doses will fill that void. :)Avatar Imageaxlgirl says: Just listened to the podcast. The Potter Pundits segment was fantastic - I absolutely loved it. Really looking forward to hearing more from those guys! =DAvatar Imageclashcityrocker13 says: I can't wait to listen!Avatar Imagesgreeter8888 says: Yay, this is my first time listening to a pottercast (I know I've been meaning to, but never have). Avatar ImageHermione Elizabeth says: YAY! I'm downloading it now... can't wait to hear it!! :)Avatar ImageJillxoxo says: Great podcast! I do disagree about the HBP coffee shop scene (I think it totally undermines what they tried to do in the first two scenes), but nonetheless, great show! And, yes, it was Trafalgar Square. The new Pundits seem interesting, though at least one of them appears to be intent upon turning many elements of the books into euphemisms. Here's hoping they don't have to be reminded every week that "a wand is just a wand..." Avatar Imagevespasian68967 says: Jillxoxo, the euphemisms bit was a bit of an inside joke. I think for a first episode they were just trying to ratchet up interest. I know & trust these guys to put on a show that's both entertaining but also serious about the books & their meaning. Avatar ImageSproutMdme says: OUUUU! POTTER PUNDITS......FANTASTIC! This is so exciting....can't wait to hear the next pundit session!Avatar Imagewing says: hahahahahahahahaAvatar ImageTheGriff says: year five!! Lets hope it never ends, especially not after 7 years!Avatar ImageCaracticus says: I am pretty sure that the digital scan for the "7 Potters" scene will just be used for the transformation... I think it is wayyy more expensive to digitally animate the scene than it would be to film dan 7 times. It will be fun to see Dan playing Hermione playing Harry, etc. Just like watching Helena play Hermione playing Bella. I think that the technology to integrate 7 of Dan's performances with proper depth, eye contact etc, is pretty mature, and works very well. I'm with you Frak... don't mess with what works!Avatar Imagetravisprinzi says: Thanks for all the kind comments and the warm welcome! Make sure you check out my Potter Pundits post at PotterCast.com - we're looking for feedback on topic ideas! http://pottercast.the-leaky-cauldron.org/blog/show/428Avatar ImageCaracticus says: ...and I really agree with John's point about the bridge: JKR has always thought that she wasn't actually pulling punches w.r.t. the graveness of the situations... I think in "The Other Minister" a bridge collapse implied deaths, and to have everyone escape the bridge collapse in the movie was a bit of a cop-out... probably just to keep the rating PG-13. JKR doesn't believe in sheltering children below 13 from these realities of evil, but the MPAA does.Avatar ImageHermione Elizabeth says: I just listened to it last night.... great new episode! I love the intro music too. :) Oh and I TOTALLY agree with John about the bridge thing.. I have watched the movie 3 times and I'm positive that NO ONE falls off the bridge in the film... very corny and too safe in my opinion. Avatar ImageRinny says: i love the new segment! i can't wait to hear more from the potter pundits! i LOVE looking at themes in books, and have so much enjoyed rereading all of them for myself, and it's nice to hear some scholarly discussion about it!Avatar Imagemjkalldaway says: finally!Avatar ImageWingardium Leviosa says: The new segment sounds great!Avatar ImageMiss Fawcett says: I LOVED the Potter Pundits! It's been quite a while since I read serious Potter discussion, maybe because there are no more books to wait for, I don't know, but I do know that I missed it! The segment got me really excited to hear what they have planned, there is so much to discuss! Give them their own show!Avatar ImageAudreyLouiseLovegood says: I'm already in love with potter pundits!!!! -SUPERB addition!!!Avatar ImageAudreyLouiseLovegood says: soooooooooooooo funny!!!Avatar ImageAudreyLouiseLovegood says: Acting Troupe episode 5 was sad... I hope that everything works out :(... and I'm sure it will :D )Avatar ImageCatherine says: SO COOL!Avatar ImageZivlok says: I really want the Potter Pundits to discuss the similarities between Kurtz and Voldemort and, to a lesser extent, Marlow and Pettigrew.Avatar ImageSmitch says: Sounds amazing! Yayyy :) Avatar Imagediva_alix says: Listened to about half and am enjoying it so far! Very exciting about the Potter Pundits segment. The new intro music is also a lot of fun. I'm so late to the game that I just recently subscribed to Pottercast and started listening in the middle of Albus's story. I'll have to see if transcripts are available, or if nothing else, listen to older podcasts.Avatar Imagevespasian68967 says: I started a Potter Pundits Fans group on MyLeaky. Feel free to sign up & leave your thoughts on the Potter Pundits segment.

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